With the holidays upon us, you might be digging into your attic or storage unit for your artificial tree. However, many people may forget that although we live in a beach town, we are just minutes away from the Santa Cruz Mountain Range which spans over 1,387 square miles and is home to numerous Christmas tree farms. For many families, cutting down a tree is a yearly tradition and fun excursion. Here are the top places to cut your own tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
With beautiful views of the valley, Crest Ranch in Bonny Doon has been a favorite among families for over 70 years. With over 45 acres, this expansive ranch offers 15 different types of trees, a snack bar, picnic tables, a small playground, elf houses, tree carts, saws, and free tree netting. Leashed dogs are also allowed.
Open 7 Days a Week 8am-5pm
12200 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz
Ward Ranch Christmas Tree Farm
Ward Ranch is a family-friendly spot in Bonny Doon and also offers a complimentary kids craft table, hot cocoa and tea station, popcorn, and firepit. Make sure to bring the pup along, as they are dog-friendly as well.
Open Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
4820 Bonny Doon Road, Santa Cruz
Four Winds Ranch
Originally pear and apple orchards, this 60 acre Christmas tree farm was converted to one of the first Christmas Tree farms in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1955. Four Winds offers a large picnic area, saws, tree netting, hot drinks, and candy canes. You may also run into one of their alpacas!
Open M-F 11am-3pm & Sat-Sun 8:30am-4pm
19679 Skyline Boulevard, Los Gatos
Mountain Charlie Ranch
Slightly more rustic than the rest, Mountain Charlie Ranch does not have the same “frills” as other farms but they have a multitude of trees to choose from, free tree netting and welcome dogs. All of the trees, regardless of size, are the same price, and be sure to check online for a $5 off coupon. You can read about the history of Mountain Charlie here.
Open 7 days a week M-F 9am-5pm & Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
23100 Mountain Charlie Road, Los Gatos
Summit Tree Farm
With over 80 acres, you’ll find the right tree at Summit Tree Farm. If you’re looking for a sizeable tree, take their 4×4 only trail that leads to the section of tall trees. You won’t need to worry about an extra cost per height because regardless of size, all trees cost $65. Snacks can be found at the Cub Scouts of America Snack Shack. Mistletoe and wreaths are also available for purchase.
Open M-F 9:30am-4:30pm & Sat-Sun 8am-4:30pm
23868 Summit Road, Los Gatos